As we head into late July and early August, now our thoughts turn to the transition from open water fishing to the upcoming hunting seasons which are just weeks away.
Late summer walleyes can be a tough nut to crack but if you’re willing to take a road trip there is some red hot action to be had. Reservoirs like Oahe in South Dakota and Sakakawea in North Dakota can really heat up and might be included in your monthly planner.
As we head into late July and early August, our thoughts turn to the transition from open water fishing to the upcoming hunting seasons, which are just weeks away.
As water levels are beginning to drop and return to normal, so are the crappies and bluegills.
I have noticed on the water lately that the schools of crappies and sunfish are now moving to their midsummer haunts and that includes staying suspended over deep water.
I’ve already been on some great fishing trips this season that have included Red Lake, the Northwest Angle and Leech Lake, with a lot more to come. Undoubtedly, the most memorable though will have been nothing exotic and as bare bones as you can get and involved a trip to a local lake to chase some little bluegills.
Mike and Ryan Olson were just little tykes – hardly bigger than the walleye on the stringer – when their dad taught them how to bait a hook and drop a line.
If I had to describe the perfect day to go walleye fishing it would go something like this: There would be a nice cloud cover with no precipitation, the wind would be from the southwest creating a manageable walleye chop and the water temperatures would still be cool enough to support my all-time favorite bait, the spot tail shiner.